What’s it going to take to get to the 2018-2019 College Football Playoff? Here are the five things Michigan State has to do to get into the fun.
Path To The College Football Playoff: Michigan State
The Spartans got into the College Football Playoff in Year Two of the thing, holding the distinction of being the only Big Ten team other than Ohio State to get into it. Can Michigan State make the CFP for the second time in four years?
5. There has to be more of a consistent passing game
It would be nice if there were fewer fumbles – giving away 12 on the season – but the biggest different between 2017 and this season needs to be the passing attack. It was fine, but it has to be more dangerous.
QB Brian Lewerke bombed away in the bowl win over Washington State, but hit just 2-of-14 win over Maryland.
Okay, there’s a reason for the problem against the Terps – it was played in the snow – but overall, there wasn’t enough pop down the field and the passing consistency wasn’t there.
The air show that cranked up 400 yards against Penn State after throwing for 445 the week before against Northwestern managed just 120 against Minnesota. Overall, the Spartans averaged just 6.6 yards per throw. In the 2015 CFP season, MSU averaged 7.5 yards per pass.
The offense will be strong enough to win most games with the ground game, but to get by the bigger games over the second half of the season, it’s going to get deep. But first, MSU has to …